At first sight, the hornet’s large paper nest startles most of us, and for good reason. The inhabitants are very defensive of anyone within a few feet of their home and can pack a mighty wallop, stinging repeatedly if provoked. This is especially true for North America’s most common species, the bald-faced hornet (Dolichovespula maculate), which is actually a member of the yellowjacket family.
From a safe distance, baldfaced hornet colonies are amazing feats of nature. They are started new each year (and never reused), growing up to three feet long over a few months. They house up to hundreds individuals that play important roles in the ecosystem, controlling other insect populations and pollinating many flowers and fruit plants.
However, if the nest is attached to your home or close to where you spend time outside, then it should be removed. But HOW it is removed depends on when you notice it.
The queen establishes the small nest in April or May, starting with maybe a dozen combs, each housing an egg that grows to adult within three weeks. The nest grows as she continues to add young queen and worker combs until late summer, followed by stingerless males around September.
If you notice the nest in a dangerous location during the late spring and early summer months, then you may be able to neutralize it yourself with the right store-bought product. But after a certain point, the safest option is to call in the professionals.
This is just one of many examples where members of Freedom Pest Control’s Gold Plan benefit. Our technician will most likely notice it during one of the seasonal inspections of your property, and take action then. But if the customer spies the nest between visits, then our technician will take care of the problem (or any other, for that matter) at no additional charge.
If you’ve ever experienced the joy of having to pick up your outside garbage after a raccoon has tipped it over and pawed through it, then you know just how much of a pest these animals can be! Hopefully, once they’re scavenging, they’ve headed back to their natural habitat. Sometimes, though, raccoons may take up residence in your attic or inside your walls by way of the chimney or roof vents. If you’ve discovered signs of raccoons and suspect they are living in your home, we suggest that you call us immediately because they can cause some serious damage:
A home’s electrical wiring is found inside walls where raccoons often hide. Raccoons have been known to chew on wires which can cause a great deal of damage or even an electrical fire.
Raccoons are fairly large animals, weighing an average of twenty-five pounds. If they’re living in your attic, their movements may compress a
nd damage your insulation and they often clear large areas for their nests. An improperly insulated home will cause your home to be extra cold in the winter and extra hot in the summer.
Raccoons can do a great deal of damage to your roof. They may destroy boards and shingles in an attempt to create a den, they may also tear apart vents and insulation to get into the attic.
First, raccoons can carry rabies. Second, a raccoon may carry the parasite Baylisascaris, a roundworm, in its feces. Ingestion by humans can cause damage to the nervous system and, in rare cases, death. Symptoms include tiredness, nausea, lack of attendance, blindness, and coma.
If raccoons are keeping you up at night, call Freedom Pest Control at 877-PESTS-55 today to schedule your free in-home evaluation!
Did you know that rats are extremely tidy rodents? In fact, rats spend a great deal of their day cleaning themselves and their living quarters. They also keep their “bathroom” separate from their “bedroom” in a way that is reminiscent of a dog.
Nonetheless, rats are certainly to blame for spreading diseases. This can happen through the transportation of parasites like ticks, fleas, and mites. They may also spread disease through the human handling of rodents, contact with rat feces and urine, and in the case of a rat bite. In addition, any food or water that may be contaminated by rat fur or excrement is extremely dangerous and poses a serious health risk. Read on to learn about some of the diseases carried by rats.
The following are directly transmitted by rats:
Rat-bite Fever may be contracted through a bite, scratch, or contact with a dead rat. Symptoms can include fever, vomiting, headache, rash, and swelling near the wound.
Salmonellosis is transmitted by consuming contaminated water or food. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramping, and vomiting.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is spread through direct contact with rat feces or urine or by inhaling contaminated dust. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath, and coughing. HPS can be fatal and should be taken very seriously!
The following are indirectly transmitted by rats:
Plague is carried by rats and spread through fleas. There are several types of plague and symptoms can include fever, delirium, and infection of the lungs.
Colorado Tick Fever is transmitted by a tick that has taken in blood from a rat. An infected person may experience chills, headache, fatigue, vomiting, abdominal pain, and rashes.
Obviously, a rat infestation should be dealt with immediately and very carefully to avoid the spread of any of the aforementioned diseases. We at Freedom Pest Control are experienced in this area and are happy to provide you with your free in-home evaluation. Please call us at 877-PESTS-55 to schedule yours today!